Essential Hinduism (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2006 - Religion - 266 pages
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As a world religion, Hinduism remains one of the most elusive for many. Its teachings, beliefs, practices, and history are reviewed here by an expert hoping to introduce readers to the world of Hinduism. While there are many forms of Hinduism, and offshoots as well, the complex nature of this faith makes it elusive to many. This straightforward overview, focusing on Vaishnavism-the most common form of Hinduism--is ideal for those who wish to learn more about this ancient tradition..

Beginning with chapters about the foundations of Hinduism, Rosen clearly lays out what is otherwise a complicated history. Providing Hindu terms alongside English translations, he is able to bring the faith alive for readers unacquainted with its varieties and its tenets. Moving on to chapters about practices, including festivals, teachings, chanting, eating habits and more, Rosen brings Hinduism to life in vivid detail.

  

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Hinduism, the world's oldest "living" religion, is also the third-largest faith, boasting one billion adherents. Rosen (Introduction to the World's Major Religions ) is the ideal author to unravel the ... Read full review

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A very good introduction to one of the world's major religions. Rosen brings across his main point clearly - Hinduism, unlike Judeo-Christian religions, is more a collection of varying philosophies ... Read full review

Contents

Everything Comes from Something
1
The One and the Many
17
Chapter 3 Dharma and the Hindu Social System
33
Chapter 4 What Are the Vedas?
49
Chapter 5 Epic Hinduism
65
Chapter 6 The BhagavadGita and the Life of Lord Krishna
107
Chapter 7 The Puranas and the Bhagavata
139
Chapter 8 Vaishnavism and the Practice of Hinduism
151
Chapter 10 The Yoga of Eating
181
Chapter 11 Idols Deities Worship and Temples
191
Chapter 12 Festivals and Holidays
205
Chapter 13 Sonic Theology
215
Conclusion
227
Notes
231
Bibliography
245
Index
251

Chapter 9 Underlying Metaphysics
169

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

Steven Rosen has been stalking the denizens of rock and roll for over twenty years. During that period he has written major features and cover stories for virtually every important music magazine including Rolling Stone, Musician, Creem, Circus and Guitar Player (including 16 cover stories), as well as Playboy and the LA Times. He is also the author of rock books about Bruce Springsteen and Prince, as well as the highly acclaimed Wheels of Confusion: The Story of Black Sabbath and recently The Beck Book (a documentary on guitarist Jeff Beck). Steven Rosen lives in the dangerous hills of Hollywood and when he is not off on some word-writing expedition, may be found at home sleeping, reading, or causing an electric guitar to howl in pain.

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